Irvin Tapped To Lead Development Efforts

Mike IrvinMichael E. Irvin was recently named vice chancellor for advancement and executive director of the Carolina Piedmont Foundation. Prior to coming to USC Upstate, Irvin was the director of advancement for Purdue Agriculture at Purdue University where he successfully led a campaign in exceeding a $146  million goal as part of a seven-year $1.7 billion campaign.

“We are fortunate to have recruited someone of Mike’s caliber for this very critical position at USC Upstate,” said Dr. John Stockwell, chancellor. “As USC Upstate moves toward fulfilling its mission of becoming one of the Southeast’s leading metropolitan universities, Mike’s development experience will be key.”

“As president of the Carolina Piedmont Foundation, I am extremely happy and proud that Mike has joined our Foundation and look forward to his leadership,” said Tommy Young. “We hope to see the Foundation grow in the amount of funds it brings in and in its role of advancing the mission of the University.”

In previous years, Irvin has served as president of the Chamber of Commerce in Danville, Illinois; as director of annual giving and major gifts for Habitat for Humanity International in Americus, Georgia; and as executive director of the Danville Area Community College Foundation in Danville, Illinois. Irvin earned a bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Illinois.

“Opportunities like this generally come along only once in a person’s career, so I am honored and humbled to be offered this position,” said Irvin. “My wife, Diana, and I are truly excited to be joining the USC Upstate family and the Spartanburg community.”

Irvin can be reached at (864) 503-5217 or



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